- May 02, 2011
Microsoft believes its SMI-S specification can address the needs of Windows shops with multi-vendor storage needs, but it will need support from storage vendors to make it happen.
- March 07, 2011
Big enterprises are not pure Windows shops. Microsoft hopes its investment in Opalis Software will extend its reach in systems management and boost integration across platforms.
- February 03, 2011
As Microsoft readies Office 365, the company tweaked its Online Services lifecycle policy. Google also improved its service-level agreements to cut planned downtime.
- January 31, 2011
Despite new features for Hyper-V R2 SP1, the two vendors still take very different approaches to memory management for virtualization.
- January 25, 2011
First service packs are coming for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. With them comes pressure for enterprises to start their migrations.
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- January 11, 2011
Microsoft seeks new blood to deliver on the long-term strategy of making Azure a force in the cloud market and an extension of Windows Server.
- January 05, 2011
While both vendors work to market the benefits of one platform over the other, many organizations find themselves choosing the best of both worlds.
- December 10, 2010
Think Hyper-V Dynamic Memory is Microsoft’s answer to VMware's memory overcommit? Not so fast. Mike Laverick writes that it actually has more in common with Xen than ESX.
- November 17, 2010
Even with the easy bake Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud package for private cloud servers, Windows managers want more time to watch the cloud story unfold.
- November 08, 2010
With Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, Microsoft aims to make client security one with systems management, and those running SCCM 2007 should see the biggest lift.
- November 05, 2010
Windows pros want a single scripting language that works across all platforms. But despite some early open source efforts, Microsoft has refocused on PowerShell.
- November 01, 2010
Microsoft made the on-ramp to Azure easier for Windows users by adding loads of new features. But customers still need time to wrap their heads around the cloud idea.
- October 26, 2010
The first service packs for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 are a big deal for Microsoft, with new features that could help the company compete in the virtual desktop space.
- October 11, 2010
Microsoft made news at VMworld 2010 with an open letter to VMware customers. Mike Laverick writes that the move was an unwelcome (and misleading) return to tired marketing tactics.
- September 29, 2010
Enterprises don’t let Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policies dictate their upgrade cycles. But unless they buy hotfix support for Windows Server 2003, it could lead to trouble.